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Michael J. Adee, M.Div., Ph.D. is a human rights advocate.  He has been working in the LGBT and HIV-AIDS communities since 1988.   He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Michael has been a university teacher, campus minister, hospice chaplain, tennis coach and a humanitarian relief worker in Zimbabwe.   He has been involved in both LGBT political work and faith work organizing.   He served as Executive Director of Stonewall Cincinnati and as the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians from 1999 – 2012.  He directed the successful campaign of policy change for LGBT ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2011.  After Hurricane Katrina, he created RainbowCorps, an initiative to rebuild houses in New Orleans, Louisiana.   As an out gay athlete he has competed in tennis in eight international Gay Games and World OutGames.  He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as a benefit for LGBT equality.  Michael directs the Global Faith and Justice Project through the Horizons Foundation, San Francisco, California.  His home is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Recent Posts

Feb 28, 2018

As we wrap up Black History Month, my mind and heart are returning to Rev. Darlene Garner and the injustice she experienced at the hands of the Metropolitan Community Church, a denomination to which she faithfully gave her leadership and ministry.

Sep 16, 2015

On the evening of September 2nd, over 250 people poured into The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta for the premiere of a new exhibit. The LGBT Institute at the Center was launched during the premiere of this exhibit, “Forward Together: A Look at Atlanta’s LGBT History Since Stonewall.”

Sep 01, 2015

Two gay men who escaped Syria and Iraq with their lives shared their experiences of discrimination and violence against LGBT people at a historic session of the UN Security Council in New York City on August 24. Subhi Nahas, a Syrian refugee living in the United States, addressed the council in person.

Out of concern for his family’s safety back in Iraq, “Adan” spoke to the council by cell phone using a pseudonym.

Jan 21, 2015

The intersection of faith and sexuality is one that is often traveled with misconceptions and anxiety because the Church has mostly failed to offer thoughtful, helpful information and education. The Church has been more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to affirmation of our creation as God’s children of flesh and spirit. Gratefully, this is changing.

All of us have bodies and sexualities in addition to our souls, beliefs and faith practices.

Dec 10, 2014

It was an idea whose time had come. For two decades, Rev. Dr. Stephen Suleeman, lecturer at Jakarta Theological Seminary, held fast to a dream for a LGBT-affirming faith conference in Indonesia.

His dream was realized with the International Consultation on the Church and Homophobia, November 23 - 26 at Jakarta Theological Seminary.

Sep 16, 2014

"Because you are, therefore I am,” was the greeting that Dr. Ezra Chitando from Zimbabwe expressed to our amazing group of African scholars, theologians, faith leaders, activists and students at the Thorn Tree Lodge, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Dr. Chitando’s words to us were more than a greeting as they are often spoken in the context of a common African identity and an affirmation being known, understood and respected in community.

May 02, 2013

In a profoundly simple way, NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports to come out as gay. Collins said, "I'm a 34 year old NBA Center. I'm black. And I'm gay" in a first-person article posted on April 29 on Sports' Illustrated website.

Collins said in the article that he had "endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie." 

Feb 06, 2013

Today, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America chose to postpone until May a vote that could have lifted their exclusionary policy toward having gays and lesbians in the organization.


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